The Glorious Revolution of 1688: A Turning Point in British Monarchy

TLDR The Glorious Revolution of 1688 saw the overthrow of King James II and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in England. This event solidified the power of Parliament, outlined grievances against the king, and set the stage for religious stability in the British monarchy.

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00:00 The Glorious Revolution in 1688 forever changed the British monarchy and created an alternative line of secession to the throne, with the King of England in Scotland being usurped and replaced by his daughter and her husband from the Netherlands.
01:51 The Glorious Revolution began when James II took the throne in 1685 and appointed Catholic officers to the army, causing concern among the predominantly Protestant population of England.
03:23 In 1688, the birth of James II's Catholic son raised concerns among the Protestant elites of England, leading seven high-ranking officials to seek help from William of Orange, who had been the presumptive heir to the throne.
04:54 James II's forces landed in Southern England in 1688, but many of his military officers defected to William of Orange, leading to James' capture and loss of support, ultimately resulting in the election of a new parliament in 1689.
06:27 Parliament passed the Declaration of Right and the Bill of Rights, which outlined grievances against King James, established limits on the power of the Crown, solidified the rights of the people, banned Catholics from the throne, and presented the throne to William and Mary collectively, marking a significant shift towards establishing the primacy of parliament and a constitutional monarchy.
08:03 The Jacobites, who were mostly Catholics but also included Protestants, were active in trying to restore the House of Stuart to the monarchy for decades, but their claim to the throne never went anywhere despite several plots and attempts.
09:36 The Glorious Revolution, also known as the Revolution of 1688, ended the religious uncertainty of the British monarchy and set the country on a path that continues to this day.
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